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Session topics and times are subject to change without notice.
Five-minute breaks are programmed between each session.

Thursday, March 18

8:15–8:25 a.m. Welcome

TML President Karen Hunt, Mayor, Coppell;
and TAMCC President and TML Board Director Steve Rockey, Councilmember, City of Friendswood
8:30–9:10 a.m. Mental Health and Leadership: Lessons to De-Stress, Decompress, and Lead Through Tough Times

Success and longevity in today’s high-pressure-world hinges not just on our knowledge, but our ability to recover and remain energized through challenging times. Without the right resiliency tools, stress can build to a level that can leave you feeling depleted. But resiliency can be learned.

In this opening session, wellness expert Beverly Beuermann-King will share effective strategies based on the S-O-S Principle™ that will help you bounce back after a stressful situation, minimize your negative stress symptoms and reactions, and fully engage in the critical task of serving your community.

Beverly Beuermann-King, Wellness Expert and Author

Moderator: TAMCC President and TML Board Director Steve Rockey, Councilmember, City of Friendswood

9:15–10:10 a.m.

Post-Pandemic Texas: How the Pandemic Will Shape Our Communities and Towns

Cities are reopening with health and safety measures in place, yet the future landscape will be different, as it is after any disaster. While it’s unclear how Texas towns and cities will evolve post-pandemic, we’re already seeing shifts in some areas. In this session, we’ll explore how the pandemic will shape our communities, and discuss planning for a future that protects our cities and residents.

Steven W. Pedigo, Director, LBJ Urban Lab, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; Bonnie Reese, Regional Consulting Practice Area Leader, Gensler; Jason Heid, Senior Editor, Texas Monthly; and Sylvia Leal, Ed.D, Senior Program Officer, Education and Economic Development, T.L.L. Temple Foundation

Moderator: TAMCC President and TML Board Director Steve Rockey, Councilmember, City of Friendswood

10:15–11:00 a.m.

Get Up to Speed on Broadband Deployment

Broadband infrastructure is an economic necessity for Texas cities – whether it is aging infrastructure in urban areas or expanding rural broadband. Yet the availability and adoption of quality broadband service varies dramatically from one city to another. Attend this session with Connected Nation Texas State Program Director Jennifer Harris to learn more about the barriers and solutions to expanding broadband access to communities throughout Texas.

Jennifer Harris, State Program Director, Connected Nation Texas

Moderator: TAMCC Vice President Lori Ward, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, City of Addison

11:05 a.m.–Noon

Cyber Security is a Risky Business

Cities are especially susceptible to cyber attacks because of the vast amounts of sensitive data they possess about infrastructure and their residents. Any town or city, regardless of size, is at risk for a cyber attack. In this session, you will learn about the importance of safeguarding this information and the risks associated with failing to do so.

Will Trevino, Legal Counsel, Texas Municipal League; and Ryan Burns, MLIS, Cyber Risk Services Manager, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool

Moderator: TAMCC Vice President Lori Ward, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, City of Addison

Noon–12:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:30–1:00 p.m.

Essential Coronavirus Updates for Cities

The Texas Municipal League began email updates regarding COVID-19 in mid-March. Since then, we have produced almost 400 pages of archived information. From the beginning, League staff has pushed out important legal information and analysis through our written updates. This session will cover current law and key topics addressed in our most recent updates

Christy Drake-Adams, Director of Legal Services, Texas Municipal League; Evelyn W. Njuguna, Assistant Director of Legal Services, Texas Municipal League; and Scott Houston, Special Counsel, Texas Municipal League

1:05–1:45 p.m.

From Conflict to Conversation

How can leaders tackle complex and sensitive community issues in ways that make people feel heard, respected, and empowered? This session explores pragmatic approaches for city and town leaders to conduct collaborative and courageous conversations.

Matt Lehrman, Social Prosperity Partners

Moderator: TAMCC Immediate Past President Bert Miller, Mayor, Navasota

1:50–2:35 p.m.

City Revenue Briefing

Come learn about the basic sources of city revenue, as well as a discussion of recent developments related to property taxes, sales taxes, and local debt that will impact your city.

Bill Longley, General Counsel, Texas Municipal League

2:40–3:20 p.m.

What Do You Really Need to Know About City Finances?

Well, you are not alone. Learn about the basics of fund structure, budgeting, key financial policies, why they are important, and what your role is regarding financial accountability as you navigate through the pandemic.

Martie Simpson, Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association of Texas

Moderator: TAMCC Second Past President W.L. Pate Jr., Councilmember, City of Beaumont

3:25–3:55 p.m.

How Are Cities Faring This Session?

As the 2021 Texas legislative session progresses, TML is closely monitoring a large number of bills that would impact your community, and working closely with local leaders to advance city interests. Attend this briefing to learn how city priorities are faring this session, and how you can help influence the outcome.

Monty Wynn, Director, Grassroots and Legislative Services, and Bill Longley, General Counsel, Texas Municipal League

4:00–4:15 p.m.

TAMCC Business Meeting

4:30 p.m.

Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI) Awards Reception via Zoom

All conference registrants are encouraged to attend.